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An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165603

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.001.0001

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Chapter 17 Games
An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Edward William Lane

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Chess, draughts, backgammon, and “mankaleh” (a board game), were all commonly played particularly by lower classes in coffeehouses. “Tab,” and “seegeh,” were also played by the lower classes and the rules of these two plus “mankaleh” are given in detail. Cards were played by all social ranks and almost always for money. Sports were very uncommonly played, but this chapter explains that occasionally wrestling was seen at festivals and that a game called “gareed,” played in teams on horses, would take place in particular in Upper Egypt at a celebration (of a wedding for example) of someone wealthy.

Keywords:   Games, Chess, Draughts, Backgammon, Cards, Lower classes

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